(July 13, 2020 / JNS) King Abdullah of Jordan said on Sunday that the country was handling outbreaks of COVID-19 and making moves to boost the economy.
“We have successfully dealt with the coronavirus, which today is under control in Jordan,” he said in a meeting with Jordanian figures, according to AFP.
The king said in a statement that the focus is now on addressing poverty and unemployment brought on by the global pandemic. He added that Jordan would become even stronger after overcoming the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz said on Sunday that the government was also going to crack down on tax evasion.
“Protecting public money and fighting corruption is a national duty,” Razzaz said in a national TV speech, reported Reuters.
As such, the government froze the assets of dozens of companies and businessmen for allegedly evading paying taxes.
It is now trying to recoup such sums after a virus-related lockdown that led to the biggest economic downturn in Jordan 20 years and drastically cut state revenues, the report said.
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